• Paddington Creator Backs Campaign To Save Bear In Peru

    first_imgBest-selling children’s author and Paddington bear creator Michael Bond has backed a campaign by Animal Defenders International (ADI) to save a real-life Paddington bear called “Cholita” in northern Peru, whose heartbreaking story was reported in The Mail on Sunday.Cholita was kept illegally by the circus, and so the Peru authorities confiscated her and placed her in a zoo until she could be found a permanent home, but no home has been found. Cholita’s fingers had been cut down to stumps by the circus to remove her claws and her teeth were broken, leaving her defenceless.She is an elderly Andean bear, suffering from severe alopecia, so where she should have thick, black fur she has none – her body is bald, so she is barely recognisable as an endangered Spectacled bear.Michael Bond, the author of the bestselling children’s books said: “Bears, especially from Peru, obviously have a special place in my life. It is such a horrendous story. I very much hope that, with the charity’s help, Cholita will get the care she needs to recover.”Cholita has just one chance: To be on a flight being chartered by ADI to take 33 rescued circus lions to a new life in the United States.ADI has launched an urgent video appeal to get Cholita onto the flight to Colorado.The 33 lions have been rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia by ADI in the biggest rescue and enforcement operation ever undertaken to eliminate the use of wild animals in circuses, which has been banned in both countries. During the mission called Operation Spirit of Freedom, ADI has rescued almost 70 animals and is now in the process of building homes for the animals and relocating them.ADI recently undertook a surprise raid on a circus near Piura, northern Peru, that thought it had slipped through the net – between August and November ADI had raided circuses all over Peru. Working with the Peruvian authorities (SERFOR, ATFFS, Police) the NGO rescued three lionesses, two monkeys and Jan Creamer ADI President who led the rescue came face to face with Cholita in a nearby zoo.ADI President Jan Creamer: “This elderly bear has endured unimaginable suffering but she has a chance to enjoy her final years; we just need to get her onto the ADI Spirit of Freedom flight. Everyone is pulling together for Cholita, Curt Beer Ecologial Park in Talara where she is living are ready to sign her over to ADI, the US and Peruvian authorities have said they will work together get export permits in place for Cholita, and The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado has agreed to take her if ADI can get her there.”ADI urgently need funds to get Cholita onto the flight and to complete Operation Spirit of Freedom. The huge rescue operation spanning two countries has lasted many months and is expected to cost ADI over £800,000. The largest single cost will be the ADI Spirit of Freedom flight taking off from Lima, Peru with 24 lions, picking up 9 more lions in Bogota, Colombia, and finishing in Denver, Colorado.This week ADI Legal Counsel Christina Scaringe flew to Washington to meet with officials from US Fish & Wildlife Services to see if Cholita’s passage to the US could be expedited and ensure the bear with no hair will be on board the biggest airlift of its kind ever undertaken.Jan Creamer: “Of course, it is not as simple as just saying “we will take Cholita”. She has a remarkable opportunity but there is still a lot to do to make this happen. We really appreciate that the authorities in Peru and the United States are trying to do the right thing for her – but we still need to build two holding units in the temporary rescue centre; build her travel crate; organise transport to bring her on the long journey from northern Peru to Lima to catch the flight. She will certainly need some veterinary attention. I feel sure that when people hear Cholita’s story they will want to help ADI get her and our 33 lions to a new life.”Cholita is an Andean/Spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) a species which is at risk of extinction in the wild. Classed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and listed on CITES Appendix I. However, Cholita is elderly, her teeth have been broken and her digits cut off her front paws, to remove her claws. She is also suffering from alopecia, so the best place for her is a sanctuary where she can retire and live out her final years in peace.last_img read more

  • California governor criticizes PG&E’s plan for new board

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. plans to remake its board of directors with hedge fund financiers and people who have little experience in utility operations and safety.Newsom on Thursday publicly called on the troubled utility to change course. His spokesman, Nathan Click, says Newsom’s staff was briefed by PG&E officials on its proposed board changes in recent days.The San Francisco-based utility is in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings after it said it could not afford billions of dollars in liability related to deadly wildfires.Newsom says putting hedge fund managers in charge of the company will send a message the utility prioritizes profits over providing safe and reliable energy service.A PG&E spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment.Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press read more

  • UN observes first International Day of Peacekeepers

    The United Nations today observed the first International Day of UN Peacekeepers with a pledge from Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the world body’s peacekeeping mission would continue because, even if it cannot by itself end war, it can help prevent a recurrence of fighting.“Above all, it gives time and space for conflict resolution. It gives peace a chance,” Mr. Annan said in a videotaped message that paid tribute to the more than 1,800 peacekeepers who have died in the 55 years since the first UN peacekeeping operation.As part of today’s observance, the Secretary-General announced that the funds from the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to the UN Peacekeeping Forces, would be used for a memorial dedicated to those who gave their lives for peace in the service of the United Nations in the field. Work has already begun on the memorial, which will be located in the north garden of the UN Headquarters in New York and unveiled in September.Meanwhile, General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic also paid tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve in peacekeeping operations under the United Nations flag. “The dedication, courage, and vision of UN peacekeepers are, without doubt, qualities to be recognized and admired,” he said in a message. “By taking part in peacekeeping operations, peacekeepers compromise their security and comfort to bring security and comfort to people whose lives have been shattered by war.”The day – 29 May – was chosen for the celebration because on that day in 1948 the first mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), began operations with a group of unarmed military observers in Palestine – a mission that is still alive today. Since then, there have been 56 UN peacekeeping operations, 43 of them established since 1988.Today, there are nearly 37,000 UN peacekeepers from 89 countries deployed in 14 missions on three continents.“Fifty-five years ago, soldiers were sent onto the battlefield under a new flag and with a new mission: a mission of peace,” Mr. Annan said. “That mission was without precedent in human history. It was an attempt to confront and defeat the worst in man with the best in man; to counter violence with tolerance, might with moderation, and war with peace.”The Secretary-General noted the widespread tasks the missions now undertake, such as policing and training, serving as judges and prosecutors, administering health and education, ensuring that human rights and gender equality are observed, building administrations as in Kosovo and East Timor, and helping the new authorities establish the rule of law as in Afghanistan.“No figures, however, can do justice to the ultimate sacrifice that more than 1,800 peacekeepers have made over this half-century. On this day, we pay tribute to each one of them,” he declared.“I am proud to salute the peacekeepers serving today, and to pay tribute to those who served in the past. Their sacrifice has made the world a safer place.” Listen to UN Radio report read more

  • Queens patronage has singlehandedly saved the British hat industry Philip Treacy says

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, making her Royal Ascot debut in June Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, making her Royal Ascot debut in JuneCredit:Anwar Hussein/WireImage She has been on the throne for more than 65 years, fulfiling her public duties, unifying the Commonwealth and providing the steady role-model the nation needs in turbulent times.The Queen has also single-handedly kept the hat industry in business, according to Philip Treacy.Treacy, the milliner used regularly by members of the Royal family, said the Queen had “kept hats alive in the imagination of people all over the world”, ensuring their survival even as most of her subjects largely abandoned them.Now, he said, young women are choosing to wear hats again as they come back into fashion as an accessory of “rebellion”.Speaking on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Treacy, who made dozens of hats for guests at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, said: “The patronage of the Royal Family keeps hats alive. “The patronage of Her Majesty the Queen has kept hats alive in the imagination of people all over the world.“She’s worn hats for all her life.“If the Royal Family chose not to wear hats – let’s say in the 60s and 70s when some people gave up on them  – I wouldn’t be sitting here having this conversation with you“Hats are part of the culture of Englishness and of Britishness.”Of changing fashions, he said: “A hat has changed from a conformist accessory to an accessory of rebellion, almost.“When I started 28 years ago it was a much more mature customer and there were no young girls. Things are changing: young girls are more interested in hats because maybe their parents weren’t interested in hats.” Hat designer and milliner Philip Treacy, photographed with one of his hats in the shape of an orchid Hat designer and milliner Philip Treacy, photographed with one of his hats in the shape of an orchidCredit:Clara Molden Asked about one of his famous and most controversial creations, the so-called “pretzel hat” worn by Princess Beatrice for the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, he joked he feared his head would be mounted on a spike outside the Tower of London following public criticism.Treacy also shared his ire towards fascinators, dismissing them as a “hair band with a floppy flower on it” which “any child can make”.The full interview will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

  • Timken announces major investment to accelerate product development and line expansion

    first_imgThe Timken Company has fundamentally redesigned its engineering, product management and business systems teams, bringing together talent and tools in a new way to drive development of its product lines and advance its technical capabilities to better meet customer needs. “We’ve been the tapered roller bearing experts since our founding,” said Richard G. Kyle, President and CEO of the company. “Over the past decade, we’ve leveraged that expertise to successfully expand into other types of bearings.”He continued saying that this move aims to take the company “more deeply and more broadly into our targeted market space, a move intended to firmly position us among our customers as a full-line leader in industrial bearings and power transmission products and services.”Timken states it is the world’s leading manufacturer of tapered roller bearings. In recent years, it has added spherical, cylindrical and housed bearings as well as transmissions, chain, augers, lubrication systems, gearboxes and a host of power system rebuild and repair services, mostly through acquisitions.Kyle said that the company is committing $60 million to its DeltaX Initiative, a multi-year investment designed to dramatically improve the company’s concept-to-commercialisation efforts. “Through DeltaX, we’re integrating Timken talent, technology and tools in a way that will allow us to be even more agile and competitive,” said Kyle. “From design to delivery, a more product-focused infrastructure, supported with new customer-facing systems, will replace our traditional functional structure. We believe this new, more collaborative design, the first step in our initiative, will allow us to execute even better on our strategy to grow, delivering to the marketplace much faster and more efficiently those products that customers value.”Starting with the appointment of three senior-level product line executives and a new research and development leader, the company sees DeltaX as one means to help it accelerate growth and further strengthen the organization’s ability to capture strategic opportunities that address customers’ needs.Newly appointed Timken veterans will drive three focused product growth streams, strategically aligning product management, development and design with production operations. The three product growth streams and the respective product line executives at the heart of the DeltaX Initiative are:•Tapered Roller Bearings, led by Douglas H. Smith;•Industrial Bearings, which includes the broader range of spherical, cylindrical, thrust and large diameter tapered bearings, led by Amanda J. Montgomery; and•Power Transmission and Engineering Systems, focusing on the expanded portfolio of housed units, ball bearings, chain, couplings and related products, including seals, lubrication and monitoring equipment, led by Hans Landin.Also, Research and Development will be driven by Dr. Stephen P. Johnson, who will lead a team focused on process and product technology, materials, prototypes, metrology and testing. The R&D group will support the product line leaders with technology fundamentals and services.“Doug, Amanda, Hans and Steve have extensive knowledge of our products and the marketplace, and their proven ability to foster change and drive results that create value make them particularly well-suited for these new roles,” said Christopher Coughlin, Group President, who set the project in motion several months ago and to whom the product line executives will report. “We’re organising for speed and focus and expect DeltaX to ensure we work on and invest in what matters most to our customers and ultimately to our shareholders.” The new configuration will change the way nearly 400 employees work as well as how they interface with colleagues and customers, impacting teams located at the new world headquarters in North Canton, Ohio, and the company’s other three key engineering centres in China, India and Romania.Coughlin noted that the company expects to increase the number of new products and features the company introduces to the market by approximately 30%, and that nearly 200 engineers and related technical resources will be hired over the next three years to help fuel development of newly designed products and processes. “We expect the increased accountability for growth and profitability as well as acceleration of development activity to be an exceptional investment,” he said.last_img read more

  • Ireland recharged and ready for dangerous Scots Heaslip

    first_imgIRELAND CAPTAIN JAMIE Heaslip says his team-mates have tried to put the error-strewn defeat to England behind them for this Sunday’s clash with Scotland.Ireland go into the game knowing anything but a win will end their interest in the tournament.With over 10 players ruled out and confidence needing a boost after a try-less home defeat, the new-look Scots have began to fancy their chances.However, Heaslip insisted the damp day at the Aviva Stadium will be far from their minds in Edinburgh:“Obviously it lingers with you. It’s probably a bad thing (that) you can’t go training straight away,” said the number eight.“You can’t let it linger as you can’t let a win linger. We’re very focused on this week, a big challenge again. Scotland are riding high in confidence, they are playing some good football, a lot of strike runners and not afraid to play with a bit of width. Their counter-attack and turnover is where they are most dangerous as well. They have a very well-rounded game that we got to be ready for.”AccuracyHe added: “They’ve got the most tries in the competition (six) and they’ve scored a lot of them from turnovers and opportune ones. It just shows that they have got a very good defence and are forcing a lot of turnovers and are quite clinical when they do that.”The key, says the skipper, is ‘accuracy’ – a buzz-word which has taken hold of Irish rugby as it covers a multitude of areas, but mainly the efficiency of passing, tackling and rucking.“We’ve got to be very accurate really with the ball, in the quality ball we provide for the backs, how we carry ourselves into contact and winning the gain-line battle constant, negating them winning the gain-line battle when they have the ball. A big challenge but something that we are more than capable of stepping up to and really looking forward to it.”Even without considering his mantle of captain, Heaslip has become one of the most experienced members of the squad in recent months as bodies drop away. So it is his place to offer advice to those coming into the bear-pit of Murrayfield, a venue Heaslip has experienced the full range of emotions having lost internationals and won Heineken Cups there.As for his words of wisdom for the young debutants, Paddy Jackson and Luke Marshall:“At Six Nations level, at international level, the space is just closed.” He says, surrounded by microphones in a corner of Carton House.“The margins (for error) come down for it more from domestically to the Heineken Cup. And then the step up to international level to the step up to Six Nations level: The margins and the space gets smaller and smaller. I’ve 100 per cent faith in Luke and Paddy to be capable of dealing with that kind of pressure on them.“They are picked because they are ready, because they are good enough. The thing is, you are going to have 14 guys who are rowing in right behind them. (If) they see a chance, take it and just play the game they way they want to play.”6 Nations: Ireland appeal length of Healy suspensionHere’s your ‘perk of being a rising international star’ pic of the daylast_img read more

  • Frosty bank holiday weekend ahead as temperatures to dip below freezing in

    first_imgFrosty bank holiday weekend ahead as temperatures to dip below freezing in parts Temperatures for the rest of the weekend and next week are expected to remain below normal for this time of year. Share31 Tweet Email Friday 3 May 2019, 6:29 PM Source: Met Éireann/Twitter 33,536 Views Sunday night will see temperatures drop back to zero while parts of the North coast will experience a few showers.Bank holiday Monday will be dry but cloudy overall. Temperatures during the day will reach a maximum of 12 degrees and will drop down to 3 degrees overnight. By Tuesday, wet weather will spread across the country and continue Wednesday with some heavy rain expected in more southern parts. Temperatures for the rest of the week are expected to remain below normal for this time of year.  By Adam Daly THE WEATHER FOR the May bank holiday weekend is set to be settled with a few sunny spells but temperatures are expected to dip below freezing most evenings. According to Met Éireann, this evening will be largely dry across the country but a few scattered showers may occur on the east coast.Temperatures will fall between 0 to 3 degrees with grass frost developing in parts. Saturday will be mostly cool with the south of the country set to get the best of the sunshine with temperatures of up to 15 degrees. However, in the evening it is expected to drop to minus one across the country, with widespread grass frost developing. The frost will clear early Sunday morning with some sunny spells expected throughout the day. In northern parts of Connaught and Leinster temperatures are expected to only reach 10 degrees while elsewhere temperatures will climb up to 14 degrees. center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 30 Comments May 3rd 2019, 6:29 PM Generally dry this evening with sunny spells. Turning cold tonight with lows of 0 to +3 degrees. There is a chance of a rain or hail in the east towards dawn. Saturday will be a largely dry and sunny day but quite cool. pic.twitter.com/lzORfRLDQT— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) May 3, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4619211 last_img read more

  • Sycuan Casino Resort and Clique Hospitality partnership

    first_imgSycuan Casino Resort and Clique Hospitality partnership KUSI Newsroom, January 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 12:44 PM Posted: January 11, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sycuan Casino Resort and Clique Hospitality have announced a partnership as a part of Sycuan’s $260 million expansion.Clique is set to open and operate a casino-defining steakhouse, a luxury cocktail lounge and an idyllic pool experience.The steakhouse called Bull & Bourbon will feature steaks cut from our in-house butcher program along with select cuts from our on-site aging room, according to Sycuan.The Elicit Bar & Lounge will be a high-end cocktail lounge serving artisanal cocktails, craft beers, wines and Asian-inspired appetizers. The resort will also have a Retreat Pool and Cabanas which is an outdoor venue featuring two pools, an immense lazy river and an expansive pool deck furnished with oversized daybeds and cabanas.In the up coming days representatives from Clique and Sycuan will be hosting several Job Fairs to fill positions for these venues and more.At Sycuan: on January 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.At US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego: January 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 22 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and January 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.For job information click here.last_img read more

  • Too close to call Unalaska municipal ballots for mayor marijuana after record

    first_imgThe polls have closed, but it’s still too close to call for half of Unalaska’s municipal races.Election Day at Unalaska City Hall.(Photo by Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska)Tuesday’s election set a new record for voter turnout. But with about 80 absentee and questioned ballots outstanding, City Clerk Cat Hazen said several races could go to runoffs, including mayor and City Council Seat C.“There’s a significant number of ballots that’ll be canvassed on Friday — certainly enough to make a difference in the final results,” said Hazen.In the five-way race for mayor, incumbent Shirley Marquardt holds a strong lead with 39 percent of the vote. She needs more than 40 percent to win a fifth term in office, which means she could claim victory without a runoff if enough outstanding ballots go her way.But if not, the race will come down to Marquardt and former mayor Frank Kelty, who earned second place with 29 percent of the vote. The runoff election, if necessary, would take place Nov. 1.The other five-way contest for City Council Seat C could come down to a runoff as well. Incumbent Roger Rowland holds 38 percent of the vote. If he doesn’t earn more than 40 percent after canvassing, he’ll face second-place candidate Jeff Treannie, who took 25 percent of the vote.Whether or not those highly contested seats go to runoffs, Unalaska resident Lori Gregory said she was glad to see so many names on the ballot.“I’ve seen a lot of elections here and lot of uncontested races, so I’m very grateful there are actually contested races this time,” Gregory said. “I see more and more as the years go by, and I’m just grateful.”Two other races were also too close to call.In the ballot referendum, 53 percent of Unalaskans voted to repeal the city’s ban on marijuana businesses, while 47 percent voted to keep the ban in place. The initiative needs a simple majority to pass, so Unalaska’s stance on commercial pot will be decided Friday after canvassing is finished.The race for School Board Seat D will also be decided then. Incumbent Denise Rankin earned 55 percent of the vote to hold off challenger Harriet Berikoff — at least, for now. Berikoff took 47 percent of the vote, but she could win if enough outstanding ballots come back in her favor.Meanwhile, four races ended Tuesday when the polls closed. Killian Baker failed to upset incumbent David Gregory, who won City Council Seat D with 68 percent of the vote. John Waldron was also re-elected to the City Council after running unopposed, as were Cherry Tan and Frank Kelty on the school board.In all, Hazen said the record turnout brought about 700 Unalaskans to the polls, or about 36 percent of registered voters.The outstanding absentee and questioned ballots will be canvassed at City Hall on Friday at 10 a.m. Election results will be certified at a City Council meeting next week, with any necessary run-off elections set for Nov. 1.last_img read more

  • ATM burglar critically hurt dies in Gattuppal

    first_imgGattuppal (Nalgonda): A petty thief, Dubbaka Jalander, of Vavillapally of Narayanpur mandal of Yadadri-Bhongir district who tried to break an ATM at Gattuppal village of Chandur mandal on Wednesday early hours in the process of escaping on a bike skid from the vehicle and suffered critical injuries. After receiving information from locals, the police rushed to the spot and shifted him to district government hospital in Nalgonda for treatment. He breathed his last while undergoing treatment. Chandur police registered a case and took up the investigation.last_img read more

  • India Warns of Potential Ban on EU Airlines over Carbon Tax Dispute

    first_imgEuropean airlines may risk an embargo from India’s airspace, should Brussels impose sanctions on Indian carriers over carbon emissions.Brussels is facing the heat from several nations, including China and Russia, over an EU carbon emissions trading scheme that called for charging airlines over pollution starting this year.Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh hinted the possibility of a ban on EU carriers in an interview. He reasoned that neither India nor the EU will benefit from the sanctions, and that sanctions will prove futile at a time when the economy is weakening.  “Travelling is always a two-way traffic … if they can impose sanctions so can other countries,” Singh told the Financial Times. “A trade war is not in anyone’s interest and I think reason should prevail ultimately,” he added.”(The EU) is a sovereign union, they can make laws for themselves but they cannot make laws for the whole world,” he told the paper, adding, “If you allow this, next they will impose a carbon tax on shipping or cement”.Top officials from the EU airline industry have voiced disapproval towards the European commission for enforcement of the scheme. “It’s crazy to risk a trade war because of the position the EU has adopted,” Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, told the Wall Street Journal.Bernard Gustin, chairman of Brussels Airlines, also threw in bits of criticism on the latest move of the EU. “Europe wanted to lead the way without listening,” he told Wall Street Journal.A week earlier, the EU nearly enforced a ban on ten Indian and Chinese airlines, following failure to provide emissions data from 2011, which the EU said had violated Brussels’ carbon emissions scheme.Meanwhile, EU officials are working towards finding a solution on the trading scheme.The International Civil Aviation Organisation, (ICAO) an agency of the United Nations, may bring about a solution in a year’s time, said a spokesperson of the EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard. EU may also consider reforms to the current scheme if the ICAO furnishes an alternative, the Financial Times reported.”We’ve nothing against the principle of the emissions trading scheme which is an incentive to contain emissions,” Fabrice Bregier, Airbus second in command told WSJ.Bregier added that the number of airline passengers is said to have jumped 4% to 5% on a yearly basis but the industry strives to maintain global airline emissions on a stable level.last_img read more

  • Once Upon a Time Brings a Giant Gator and a New Old

    first_imgStay on target Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time As Once Upon a Time draws closer to the end, it feels like the episodes should start to mean more. It’s hard to look at the season the same way now that we know this story isn’t going to continue. That can be unfair to an episode like this. It does set up something interesting, but it takes far too long to get there. Its main story doesn’t do much to move the plot along. As episodes of Once Upon a Time go, it’s fine. There have been plenty like this before. It’s just harder to watch knowing there are so few left. As the episode begins, we hear Henry’s strange, vague narration. He’s a podcaster now in addition to being a struggling writer and a rideshare driver. I like to laugh at the geographical and cultural inaccuracies of this version of Seattle, but Henry’s existence as an artist trying to get by in that city is the realest thing about this show. Although… H-Town? That sounds less like a part of a city and more like a store specializing in… let’s call it anime of ill repute.The past deals mostly with Tiana, who you’ll remember is a fairy tale princess instead of a 1920s restaurateur. She’s getting ready for her coronation when Dr. Facilier shows up and warns of a monster putting her people in danger. Now, she knows she can’t trust him, but she has to investigate anyway, just in case there’s even a little bit of truth. Down by the water, she meets Prince Naveen. Much like in the movie, there’s a definite attraction, but also competition. Whatever gator or monster they’re after, each one wants to be the person to handle it.Mekia Cox, Jeff Pierre (Photo via ABC)That sense of competition continues in the present day as well. In the cursed realm, Sabine and Drew (Yeah, Naveen became Drew somehow) were a chef and sous chef at a restaurant, but Sabine was so controlling that he left. Now, he’s back in Seattle (I’m sorry, I refuse to call it “The Heights,” that’s a different thing, not located anywhere near Seattle), he’s running his own food truck. And just like Sabine, he’s serving Cajun food. Not only is he encroaching on her business, she thinks he’s deliberately sabotaging her too. A food safety inspector shows up on an anonymous tip. It turns out Sabine hasn’t received one of her necessary pieces of paperwork yet. The inspector forces her to shut down, and she thinks she knows exactly who did it.I’m mostly enjoying the way The Princess and the Frog is being introduced to the story of this season. Like the Frozen arc, it’s nailing the relationships and attitudes between the characters. Unlike that Frozen arc, it’s relevant to the plot and long enough after the movie came out that it doesn’t feel like a shameless cash grab. There’s some witchy activity going on in Hyperion Heights, and evil magic users are on the prowl. That includes Dr. Facilier, who’s causing all kinds of trouble. He magically screws with the lights of Roni’s bar and cryptically offers to invest. It’s unclear what he wants, but Regina and Zelena are awake. They know who he is and they don’t trust him. Unfortunately, he can still do some damage. It turns out he’s the one that snitched on Sabine’s food truck. He also bankrolled Drew’s entire operation. What he hopes to gain from all this is unclear, but he’s actively trying to hold Sabine back.Jeff Pierre (Photo via ABC)At least Drew is still a good guy. He feels bad for what happened and offers to help. Besides, he admits he isn’t very good at cooking anyway. He even gives her his paperwork. Because that’s a totally legal thing you can do in the food service industry. Whatever, it works. Before long she’s back in business and slinging the best beignets in town. Drew says any town, which… do they not know New Orleans exists? Where do they think Cajun food comes from?The past and present sequences don’t mirror each other as satisfyingly as in last week’s episode. It doesn’t build up to a particularly satisfying twist. We just get a cool alligator fight. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice special effect. It’s sad to see that’s all they did with Ray, though. (I really like The Princess and the Frog, OK?) It turns out Facilier needed the alligator dead so he could get some kind of jewelry back. It doesn’t matter to him that Naveen was killed in the gator fight, but Tiana convinces the creepy doctor to resurrect her. For a price. Naveen will now do Facilier’s bidding until his debt is repaid. Surprise, that transfers to Hyperion Heights too.The big twist of the story was less of a gasp and more of an “OK… I guess?” Tiana goes forward with her coronation, and Regina stays behind. Facilier is hiding behind the curtain and reveals that he retrieved that piece of jewelry for her. They have a romantic past, and Regina isn’t being entirely honest about it for some reason. That’s it. It carries over to the real world too, where nothing else of consequence is revealed. She’s still treating him like a villain in front of friends and family, but continues seeing him on the side. I really hope this goes somewhere interesting, because it’s certainly not there yet. As it is, that was a lot of build-up, entertaining though it was, for a “who cares” reveal.Daniel Francis (Photo via ABC)The Henry-Jacinda story was very sweet, but there’s not much forward momentum. I guess the show wanted to reiterate that even though Lucy was saved, Henry’s still in danger. If he and Jacinda kiss and break the curse, he dies. Lucy spends the whole episode trying to get them together, and it almost works. She invites Henry over for game night, and excuses herself to bed at 6:30 so Henry and Jacinda can be alone. They flirt hardcore with each other over a mixtape and come very close to kissing. Then, a mysterious presence in Lucy’s closet reveals a book page to her that explains Henry will die if the curse is broken. So she runs out and stops it, and now she has a reason to keep them apart too. It’s another thing that could go to some interesting places, but show no sign of going there yet.The most interesting story of the week is the one that got the least amount of time. Detectives Weaver and Rogers finally get out of the grey discussion room and question an old blind woman who runs a bake shop. The prevalence of gingerbread houses makes it clear she’s the witch from “Hansel and Gretel.” Weaver and Rogers immediately realize she’s up to something, but when they return later, she’s dead. This leads to the most promising storyline of the season so far. Weaver heads to Roni’s bar to fill everyone in.Chilton Crane (Photo via ABC)Remember the doctor who was killed at the end of last week’s episode? It turns out she wasn’t killed because she found out Henry was Lucy’s father. At least, not entirely. She was killed because she’s a witch. She was one of the Coven of Eight. Someone is killing witches. That means Regina and Zelena are in trouble, but it also complicates the Coven story somewhat. Until now, we assumed they were purely villainous. That they meant danger for the residents of Hyperion heights. Now, it looks like they’re in danger themselves. Something else is going on, and it’ll be fun trying to figure out what. That is, if next week’s episode starts focusing more on the mystery, rather than backstory filler that goes hardly anywhere.Maybe that was a little harsh. Overall, this episode of Once Upon a Time wasn’t bad. There just wasn’t all that much that was great about it either. Last week, the show used its formula to great effect with dual stories that rhymed with and paralleled each other. They built up to fun story beats and interesting twists. This episode, while decent, wasn’t as tightly written as what we got a week ago. It’s saved by the introduction of the witch serial killer story. Of everything that happened last night, that’s what I want to see explored the most.last_img read more

  • Xbox One March Update Preview shows dramatically improved drivers and mu

    first_imgMicrosoft is testing out the Xbox One’s March update with a few users in order to ensure nothing could possible go wrong when Titanfall launches. This update brings the Xbox One close enough to being a feature-complete console and leaves us with the hope that some much needed performance boosts will follow.The Xbox One launched with a few things that were just plain missing from the console — not just promised features like Twitch.TV streaming, but basic functionality that didn’t carry over from the Xbox 360. From immature WiFi drivers to basic things like a readout for the battery level on the controllers, the Xbox One was pretty but ultimately felt incomplete. Microsoft has worked hard to fix a lot of these issues, with the March update being the last step towards making sure everything is in order when the game that Microsoft is hedging all of their bets on finally drops.Xbox One WiFi before (left) and after (right) the March updateThe most significant update when it comes to actual console functionality so far is the WiFi driver. When the Xbox One first launched, it seemed like there was some cosmetic discrepancies between how well the console worked over its predecessor. This made sense, given how long the Xbox 360 had been around and how thoroughly developed all of the drivers for it had become over time.The March Update Beta demonstrates that the Xbox One WiFi drivers at launch weren’t even close to being as good as they could be. Not only was the console unable to accurately read SSIDs with unicode, but it showed significantly weaker connections to every network. Now that the update is here, you can see in the compare image that 5Ghz networks especially are significantly stronger. The entire WiFi system is greatly improved, which will be better for everyone.The other big part of the update — the part that Microsoft is promoting hard right now — is a whole new multiplayer communication system. Right now the Xbox One chat system is a little confusing at first, because the party chat for the OS isn’t a part of the party system for whatever game you might be playing. It’s perfectly functional as long as you know exactly what you’re getting into, but if you’re trying to form a party to play a game it’s easy to get lost and wind up having half of your party not join a match.The new system places a focus on your friends list, giving you faster access to your closest friends. You also have faster access to people you have recently played with, so you can add them much easier if you choose to. All of this centers around the chat system, which now lets you talk to people playing different games and now turns on party chat by default when you join a party. The whole setup feels more intuitive, and it’s clear Microsoft is paying attention to their users.Ultimately this update feels like what the Xbox One should have been when it launched. The Xbox forums are filled with some odd bugs associated with the beta update, but the whole point of this beta is to sort out those kinds of things before March 11. As long as Microsoft can deliver alongside the Titanfall launch, the Xbox One will be in a fantastic position moving forward.Update: Microsoft has started rolling this update out late Tuesday night to make sure everyone has these updates in time for the launch of Titanfall. Alongside the updates in this post Microsoft has included Twitch.TV streaming, support for Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, and support for 50hz output. Volume control and message notifications through the SmartGlass service have been added as well, and all of this will be inlcuded in the update. Microsoft will roll the update out over the next couple of days during time periods where your console is less likely to be used.last_img read more

  • Enable the Ultimate Power Plan on Windows 10 Pro or Home

    first_imgEnable the Ultimate Power Plan on Windows 10 Pro or Home by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2018 in Windows – 10 commentsMicrosoft announced in February of 2018 that the upcoming Windows 10 Pro for Workstations version would get a unique power scheme called Ultimate Performance.Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a special version of Windows 10 designed specifically for high-end tasks and applications that require lots of RAM and processors.To distinguish Windows 10 Pro for Workstations from the consumer-orientated Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 Pro for Workstations would support features that Windows 10 Pro would not support.The company mentioned expanded hardware support (more CPUs and RAM), support for creating volumes with the Resilient File System (ReFS), or persistent memory support. Microsoft failed to mention that Windows 10 Pro supported some of the features as well and that it limited ReFS support in Windows 10 Pro.The Ultimate Performance power schemeThe Ultimate Performance power scheme is a new power plan that is only available in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. Designed to reduce micro-latencies to boost performance, the power plan changes settings that Microsoft collected over time that “allow the OS to quickly tune the behavior based on user preference, policy, underlying hardware or workload”.The Ultimate Performance plan is not available on Windows 10 Pro or Home systems by default. It is possible, however, to integrate the plan in the system. How that is done depends on the version of Windows 10:Windows 10 version 1709 or earlierYou need to download the power plan to the local system as it can’t be enabled directly on Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) and earlier versions of Windows 10.You can download the plan from this web host.Do the following once you have downloaded the new power plan:Extract the archive to the local system.Open a command prompt interface.Navigate to the directory you extracted the plan to, e.g. cd c:\users\martin\downloads\ultimateplanRun the following command to add the new power plan to the list of available schemes: powercfg -import c:\users\martin\downloads\ultimateplan\UltimatePlan.powNote: you may need to adjust the path accordingly as your username is probably not martin and if you placed the plan in a different directory.You should get the “Imported Power Scheme Successfully” message right away.Open the Power Options on the device. You can do so by tapping on the Windows-key, typing Power Options, and selecting the Control Panel result from the list of results.You find the new plan after selecting “show additional plans”. Select it to activate it on the device.The method is easier if you run Windows 10 version 1803 or later. All you have to do then is the following:Tap on the Windows-key to open the Start Menu.Type Cmd.Hold down the Shift-key and Ctrl-key, and select Cmd.exe from the list of results.Select yes when the UAC prompt is displayed.Run the command powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61.You can delete the plan at any time by selecting “change plan settings” in the Power Options and then “Delete this plan”. (via Deskmodder)Now You: Which power plan is enabled on your device?SummaryArticle NameEnable the Ultimate Power Plan on Windows 10 Pro or HomeDescriptionInstructions for integrating the Ultimate Performance power plan that Microsoft created specifically for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations on Windows 10 Home or Pro devices.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

  • WEYBURN Sask – Petitions are starting and local

    first_img WEYBURN, Sask. – Petitions are starting and local businesses are offering to make repairs to help restart the projectors at the only movie house in a small southern Saskatchewan city.The marquee on Weyburn’s Soo Theatre, owned by Landmark Cinemas, has read ‘temporarily closed” since the end of November.But Landmark’s website says the doors are permanently shuttered and thanks movie lovers for their patronage over the last 45 years.The building needs major repairs, and the theatre chain says it will be sold or possibly demolished.It says repair costs aren’t worth it and Weyburn — with a population of about 11,000 — isn’t big enough to justify a new cinema.Landmark CEO Bill Walker says the company plans to hire a broker to sell the site, although some Weyburn residents have shown some interest in buying it.He says the company would be willing to help an entrepreneur reopen the movie house. He notes that Landmark once helped someone in an Alberta community who wanted to take over one of the chain’s theatres.“Generally, we are looking at larger urban markets where there’s still opportunities for new cinemas,” Walker said in an interview. “But that’s not to say that a more entrepreneurial venture from a different operator couldn’t make a go of it in (Weyburn).”Walker is sympathetic and said Landmark is reluctant to take away a cinema from any community, but it comes down to a business decision.“Ultimately, as you can all appreciate, it’s not a charitable venture either.”Walker said inquiries to purchase the building can be made directly to Landmark Cinemas.City Coun. Jeff Richards suggested an independently owned theatre or a co-operative might work.“Like everybody else, we are disappointed … to lose anything, and particularly something that can draw folks from all over,” he said.“Ultimately we’d love to find a situation where the private sector can come up with a solution for us.” Richards added.“We don’t want to be a city without a movie theatre.”Richards explained the city cannot get involved. It distributes business licences but does not take part in day-to-day operations.Weyburn is about 110 kilometres southeast of Regina.(Discover Weyburn) The marquee on the Soo Theatre in Weyburn, Sask. is seen in this undated handout photo. Petitions are starting and local businesses are offering to make repairs to help restart the projectors at the only movie theatre in a small southern Saskatchewan city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, James Brackpool, Discover Weyburn *MANDATORY CREDIT* by James Brackpool, Discover Weyburn, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 11:44 am PDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Landmark Cinemas cries ‘Cut!’ for only movie theatre in small Saskatchewan citylast_img read more

  • Swearing in 2013

    first_img Categories: News 09Jan Swearing in 2013 Rep. Cindy Denby is sworn into her 3rd term as a state representative by Lt. Gov. Brian Calleylast_img

  • Rep Reilly introduces bill to restore free speech at public colleges and

    first_img03May Rep. Reilly introduces bill to restore free speech at public colleges and universities Representative John Reilly (R-Oakland) introduced legislation today to protect the free speech rights of students on college campuses.The Campus Free Speech Act, House Bill 4581, would prohibit public colleges and universities from restricting peaceful forms of assembly, protest, speech, distribution of literature, and circulation of petitions except when necessary to achieve a compelling governmental interest, and then only if in the least restrictive manner possible and leaving ample alternative opportunities to do so.Effectively, the legislation would specify that public colleges and universities are public forums in their public areas.Representative Reilly pointed to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education that listed six major Michigan universities as having “at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”“There have been numerous free speech issues on several of our campuses, with multiple lawsuits settled and others pending.  When universities around the country have fought free speech cases, students’ First Amendment rights have prevailed every time.“Our students have the fundamental right to free speech, free from fear of administrative persecution,” Representative Reilly said.Representative Reilly also commented on a possible objection to the bill: universities’ autonomy from legislative oversight under the state Constitution.“Let me be clear: The Constitution of Michigan as well as the Constitution of the United States guarantee all citizens the right to free speech, and the Michigan Constitution vests exclusively in the Legislature the authority to develop a statutory framework to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens.  Universities have autonomy in the conduct of their affairs, but that does not give them any authority to infringe upon the constitution rights of its students.“If they wish to threaten a constitutional challenge to this legislation, I say, bring it on.”House Bill 4581 was referred to the House Oversight Committee.### Categories: Reilly Newscenter_img Tags: First Amendment, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, House Bill 4581, students last_img read more

  • Rep Allor hosts August office hours

    first_img Categories: Allor News 07Aug Rep. Allor hosts August office hours State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine announced office hours for the month of August for Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties.“Hosting office hours is one of the best ways to stay connected to the residents and listen to their concerns,” Rep. Allor said. “Being accountable and available to people is one of my top priorities. I encourage anyone to join me and discuss problems or issues they encounter while navigating state government or if they have ideas to improve our state.”The schedule for office hours is as follows:Monday Aug. 710:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cabin Creek Coffee House, 201 North 2nd in Alpena;12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Flour Garden, 105 South State St. in Harrisville; and2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Big Boy Restaurant, 1222 South US 23 in East Tawas.Friday Aug. 1810:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Karsten’s Restaurant, 1072 W. 3rd in Rogers City; and1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Thirstt Sturgeon Restaurant, 11900 Scott Road in Wolverine.No appointment is necessary. Residents that cannot attend scheduled office hours may contact Allor at her Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

  • Rep Kahle supports reform to lower Michigan auto insurance rates

    first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced she is part of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers.Kahle supports soon-to-be-introduced legislation that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists more coverage options, fighting fraud and reining in medical costs.“Our auto insurance is too expensive,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “Spending an excessive amount of our hard-earned money on auto insurance takes away from our priorities like putting food on the table, saving for our children’s education, investing for retirement or even contributing a little more to our community’s charities. This proposal will make auto insurance much more affordable for the people of Lenawee County and our state.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is more than $1,000 above the national average and twice as high as those in neighboring states.The new bipartisan plan continues and guarantees benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives motorists the option to continue to buy unlimited personal injury protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative coverage plans.The proposed legislation:Provides a guaranteed rate reduction for drivers who choose certain coverage plans alternative to the unlimited plan;Gives individuals the choice on the extent of PIP coverage as part of their auto insurance. Choice levels include $250,000, $500,000 or unlimited;Allows seniors age 62 or older who pay for Medicare the option to opt out of PIP coverage and use their existing medical coverage;Establishes fee schedules to lower medical costs related to auto injuries;Helps the state ensure insurance companies are complying with state law, and creates a fraud authority to address fraudulent claims;Provides a state review of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to make sure motorists are not overpaying for insurance; andAddresses attorney fee costs and unfounded lawsuits while eliminating attorney conflict of interests with medical providers.“As I listen to families and citizens in our communities all across Lenawee County, the high cost of Michigan’s auto insurance is a top concern,” Kahle said. “Whether it is at office hours, a community meeting, or even the grocery store, I have been hearing from residents seeking a reduction in their auto insurance rates. This plan will reduce rates for our hard working citizens while still protecting the benefits of those already receiving lifetime health care from a catastrophic car accident.” 26Sep Rep. Kahle supports reform to lower Michigan auto insurance rates Categories: Kahle Newslast_img read more

  • The Incomplete Recovery Leaves Many Invisible and Suffering

    first_imgShare13Tweet26Share16Email55 Shares“Day 20 – Occupy Wall Street October 5 2011 Shankbone 14.” Credit: David ShankboneAugust 17, 2017; Brookings InstitutionWe now have a better idea about why the economic recovery just doesn’t feel right. Two recently released reports from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project shed more light on employment in the United States and the challenges we still face from a struggling economy. The good news is that the overall job market has now fully recovered from the huge loss of jobs experienced during the 2007-2008 Great Recession. But while the statistic recovery is now complete, the human impact is not; there are significant lingering challenges being faced by those left on the outside looking in.From an overall national perspective, the employment picture is back to what it was pre-Recession. Adjusting for the overall growth of the population and the aging baby boom generation, “nearly a full decade after the start of the recession, employment has returned to its demographically adjusted pre-recession level. This does not mean that all harm to the labor market resulting from the Great Recession has dissipated, nor that the economy is at full employment. It does mean, though, that the economy has added enough jobs to make up for the losses during the Great Recession.”Reaching the yard marker of 2007-2008 is an important milestone. But compared to the three recessions that preceded the Great Recession (1981, 1990, and 2001), the hole left was much deeper and it took much longer to recover. While the nation as a whole is now back to normal, regionally there are significant differences.States in the Northeast and Midwest have seen particularly strong job growth, adjusting for demographic change; for example, Massachusetts has closed its gap and added 1.1 percentage points. Some of the largest remaining gaps are observed in Western states, where Wyoming has the largest employment rate gap of -4.3 percentage points. Importantly, these differences may reflect differences in population growth and migration across the states.For regions on the downside of the recovery curve, the challenges remain difficult. Across the country, there is an oft-unseen population for whom the recovery has not happened at all. They are not working, and so do not have the income from a steady job to provide a stable economic platform. For governments at all levels, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists who see “safety net” supports as within their mission, understanding this segment of our population is critical. According to Brookings, “of the nearly 38 million men and 56 million women who are not in the labor force, 57 percent of men and 55 percent of women are at least 55 years old. At the other end of the spectrum, about 23 percent of men and 16 percent of women who are not in the labor force are ages 16 to 24, 81 percent of whom reported being in school.”Two current major political battlefields, education and health care, become even more important in light of what the Brookings studies found. Education does matter; “the less educated an adult is the more likely it is that they will not be in the work forces.” And good health (and healthcare) matters, too. Brookings found that “almost 30 percent of prime-age nonparticipants—roughly equally split between men and women—report being ill or disabled. With roughly 45 percent of prime-age male nonparticipants classified as disabled, health related barriers to being in the labor force may represent a significant challenge…and pain medication may prevent a significant number of men from working.”Being without a job and having no family to lean on for support is a prescription for poverty. “Among nonparticipants living alone, the overwhelming majority are in the bottom quintile of the income distribution: 89 percent of males and 94 percent of females fall into this income range.” Having a partner to live with improves your chances, especially if you are a nonworking woman. “Almost 40 percent of partner-only households in which there is a male nonparticipant are in the bottom quintile of income, compared with only 15 percent of partner-only households in which there is a female nonparticipant.” At the very bottom of the economic ladder of working age adults are the “11 percent [who] report income from the safety net while receiving no earnings and the more than 1.3 million Americans out of the labor force [who] report having no income at all.”Clearly, the work of economic repair has not been completed. For organizations, public and private, whose work it is to support those who cannot make it on their own, this picture of a recovery still in progress can help shape their agenda for the coming months and years. A better understanding of the barriers keeping people out of gainful employment can help tailor programs and policies to be more effective. Recognizing that education, health, and other societal issues outside the workplace are significant can help build support for strengthening these social systems. Seeing the regional and demographic obstacles can lead to a more focused look at how best to overcome the hurdles. Ignoring these clues will lead to more societal turmoil and dysfunction.—Martin LevineShare13Tweet26Share16Email55 Shareslast_img read more